“If Wilder had an O on the end of his name top clubs would want him” according to Ex-Blades Midfielder

Monday, February 10th, 2020 1:00pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Former Sheffield United midfielder Jamie Hoyland thinks that Chris Wilder would be a target for bigger clubs if he was a foreign manager.

Wilder has done an unbelievable job in the Blades' first season back in the top flight. His side now find themselves just 2 points off of the Champions League places after yesterday’s 2-1 comeback win over Bournemouth.

Since the beginning of the campaign, Wilder has overseen a win over Arsenal and taken points off Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham.

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Speaking to Andy Hodgson’s Kicking Off, former Blades midfielder Jamie Hoyland revealed big club bias may be preventing Wilder’s name being touted with top-six jobs.

“I’m sure if he had an O on the end of his name all the top clubs would be clambering for him. Chris knows that, he just gets on with his job, he’s a breathe of fresh air.

“Now, British managers are few and far between. People thought he wasn’t going to do well at all, but he always broadens his horizons. He’s had a British squad for a while so this window has gone out and signed three foreign guys, but they are guys that he knows how they will play and how they will fit into the team it doesn’t matter where they are from.”

Sheffield United were widely tipped to go down before a ball was kicked this campaign- their odds of a top-six finish were as long as 100-1. As we approach the mid-February mark, relegation is the furthest thing from anyone’s mind at the club.

However, this is a story we’ve seen before. Newly promoted team comes up and blows everyone away with their better-than-expected performances, before succumbing to the pressure of ‘second season syndrome’ and staring down the barrel of relegation the following campaign. Hoyland thinks this is not something Wilder and his side will have to worry about.

“I think they’ve got a great formula to be honest, when they came up everybody tipped them for relegation of course they did; because the squad is made up of a lot of players from the championship. When you’ve got a good structure and everybody understands their roles and what they are doing, when those players come out you just replace them with ones who can do the job.”

“We are talking about the Premier League here, playing against teams who spend millions and millions, those teams should be able to suss us out. It’s a cauldron playing at Brammall Lane now, it’s an atmosphere that scares a lot of teams. When we go away, they go at teams, they don’t shut up shop. Sheffield United go at teams.”

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